Garden City Community College Trustees on Tuesday approved a resolution of intent to renew the college’s Capital Outlay mill levy for the 2018 budget.

College president Dr. Herbert Swender said during Tuesday’s meeting that the college has levied one mill for capital outlay since 1972, and that the levy is assessed for a period not to exceed five years. Per state of Kansas requirement, the college’s board is required to take formal action to extend the Capital Outlay mill levy, Swender said.

Since approved, the college will publish the resolution in The Telegram for three consecutive weeks.

“It’s subject to protest… If there is no protest, then we will automatically file the resolution in the budget next July or August with the county clerk,” Dee Wigner, executive vice president of the college said during Tuesday’s meeting.

The exact mill levy is 1.009, and the projected annual Capital Outlay revenue is $477,343.

“It’s a valuable tool for the college and the operation of its facilities as far as buildings and property acquisitions,” Swender said during the meeting.

Trustees were also given a report on a study of the college’s student loan default rates in a three-year cohort from fall 2014 to fall 2016, which indicated that GCCC is still well below the public two-year college’s average, despite a near three percent increase in the last year.

GCCC’s student loan default rate is 8.1 percent, up from its 5.8 percent rate in 2016.

“We’re certainly not excited about it going up, but it’s still well below other schools in the state of Kansas,” Swender said.

The study covers students who take out loans and how those loans are repaid, or more specifically, those who go into default.

The national average for public two-year college’s student loan default rate is 18.3 percent, Ryan Ruda, vice-president of student services, said during the meeting.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Trustees agreed to table the discussion of appointing a trustee as the college’s Kansas Association of Community College Trustees representative. Trustee Melvin Neufeld currently serves as the KACCT representative with his term set to expire soon.

Trustee chairman Steve Martinez said the board decided to table to discussion in order to gather more information on the role, like how much time the appointed individual would invest in being a KACCT representative.

In other business:

• Trustee chairman Steve Martinez congratulated trustees Merilyn Douglass and Blake Wasinger for being re-elected to the GCCC trustees, and gave his sympathy to trustee Melvin Neufeld who was unseated during the Nov. 7 elections.

• Swender recognized GCCC John Deere instructor Greg Unger for receiving the Workforce Education Excellence in Teaching Award on Nov. 6.